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Please note: I did not watch the "Pond Life" stuff. If canon is a TV show, than canon is what happens on something that is broadcast on television. Not websites, "webisodes," books, radio-plays etc. If I can't turn on my TV set and see it...it didn't happen, IF the canon is a television show.





Amy, you miserable, selfish, cow!

First of all, I've never bought Amy's so-called great love for Rory. No matter how many epiphanies
they've shown us, it always seems to be telling instead and unfortunately Karen Gillan just isn't a good enough actress to make me believe it. Especially since I genuinely don't think she's capable of love, due to being damaged by her childhood trauma of the Doctor leaving her. That's what shaped her...NOT the cracks. The cracks may be gone, but she remembered the Doctor, so she knows he left her.

And if I was going to believe it, her whole, "my giving you up because I can't have another baby is way more meaningful than 2000 FUCKING YEARS...." would have blown it out of the water.

JUST.... NO! Fuck you Amy!

Not that I actually think Rory is a great prize either. I didn't like him as a milquetoast, but the whole Last Centurian Bad Ass doesn't work for me either. At least when Mickey got his character growth, he was still Mickey and the growth arc was in character. Moff really can't do character development and he probably shouldn't try. He creates characters as he wants them and there they should stay.

Oh yeah, the plot? Actually, not really. Daleks put me to sleep and I couldn't even tell if they were really trying to be rescued or that was just a ruse to get the Doctor. Also, I'm not crazy about mind-raping anyone...even Daleks, I guess.

I did kind of like Oswin, and I didn't see the twist coming. I still don't understand what the souffles had to do with anything. I guess we'll have to wait and see how she becomes the companion or if it's a totally different character. Maybe Timey-Wimey Oswin before she gets Dalek-ized. Whatever. I liked her being sassy with the Doctor, but it was pointed out to me that "going through a phase" to account for her interest in a woman is not the best trope to play into, although I will say it is VERY Moff.

Anyway...MOFF, DUDE!!!! I keep trying to tell people that you're not a misogynist, so could you please stop writing like one.





I liked the lighter tone going in, and how can you not like Mitchell and Webb as robots? That was really the highlight, and it's always nice to see Rupert Graves.

The Nefertiti stuff had me confused. Was she coming on to a reluctant Doctor, a la Amy, or was she pursuing a lover she'd had and didn't want to lose, perhaps like Queen Elizabeth with the 10th Doctor? If THAT'S the case, What's Up With That? I don't have problems with a sexual Doctor, but this one has tended to the boyish side EXCEPT with River. So am I supposed to think that he's now more like River and Jack? If that's the case, well ok, but somehow I got the impression that picking up Riddell was as much to give him something to throw at "Neffy" as it was to have help on the adventure. The idea of the Doctor wanting to have a "gang" seemed to come out of nowhere. Although when he said it, it also seemed like he had forgotten periods where The Doctor did have multiple companions.

And while I'm at it...if you want a macho guy who doesn't mind shooting for you...I know someone who will ALWAYS be there for you. Just because he's currently hanging out with Rex and still trying to get Gwen doesn't mean he won't come running the minute you call and would be happy to do a little Neffy taming in the process.

YES, I am bitter and I will stay that way until Jack gets to meet his Doctor again. PERIOD. (Double bitter since Chibnall wrote so much Torchwood, although he's also responsible for some of the worst of it.)

Nice to see Rory being awesome and snarky...except that I don't believe that either, since it bears no resemblance to original Rory. If we'd seen that Rory from the beginning, instead of whiny Rory, it might easier to believe the great love.

Fun to have Mr. Weasley as his dad...except that he's Mr. Weasley and that's pretty much all it's possible to think. Yes, type-casting really does suck. Others have pointed out that the Doctor said he danced with all the men at Rory and Amy's wedding, yet he didn't recognize Brian. PLOT. HOLE.

Great way to blow the CGI budget for the season there, but well worth it. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. The Doctor and Rupert sort of dividing up the Sam Neill role in Jurassic Park. (Hey MOFF....get me Sam Neill for an episode and ALL is forgiven, I promise.)

Then the whole thing went to shit...you remember how I freaked out over the whale torture in The Beast Below? (And the entire plot of Meat, except for Jack obsessing over Gwen?)Well I'm not any better with fridging a Triceratops just to give the Doctor enough man-pain to commit a gloating, vindictive murder.

Doctor, you miserable, hypocritical bastard. Hey, you want to kill the bad-guy, fine? Just stop pretending you are in ANY WAY better than him for doing it, and patting yourself on the back for it. How many genocides do you have on your hands, pal? Commerce is evil? Maybe, but it doesn't make you a speshul snoflake to let the missiles get Solomon. YOU WERE WILLING TO SAVE THE MASTER. So I think we can say it comes down to the Doctor forgiving genocide when it's his hot, young-looking partner in Fo-Yay, but not when it's an ugly old man. Nice.

You'd almost think I was looking for reasons to get annoyed, but honestly I'm not. I WANT to like these episodes. Moff is supposed to be the guy who does less anvils than RTD. Right now, I'm not seeing it, and the "message eps" are starting to pile up as well.

I think we really need to cut the Ponds loose once and for all and find out what Moff can do with a different companion, because I can't stand much more of Amy and Rory. I think I can only stand Amy in her non-Rory episodes. Together they just bring out the worst in each other and my opinion of both of them.

The only thing I want to see Amy and Rory do is both get flirted with by Jack. Also, I'm hoping that Rory kiss, as unsexual as it was, means that my Jack/Doctor ship will get at least that much fanservice even if it's also just "baiting."

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donutsweeper
Sep. 12th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Rant ho!
OMG I had so many problems with the Daleks episode. Amy can't have kids so she 'gave up Rory'? WTF IS THAT? It's a childish reaction- there's adoption as an option and are you really sure he actually does want kids or has he always just said he does? And the I gave you up vs I waited 2000 years comparison? No, sorry Amy, you lose- you chose the selfish and easy way out. You didn't want to confront Rory and treat him like an adult and discuss your problems. Instead you ran.

UGH UGH UGH

then then there was the plot. Ummm.. Skara? Since when wasn't it destroyed in the Time War? And why would the Doctor buy the woman's story about escaping a Dalek camp? Since when have the Daleks HAD camps? And where did all the Daleks come from? And since they're all about purity why would they convert humans or not destroy the Daleks who didn't live up to their standards? And how did they get chained up anyway? They don't have hands, they can't attach a chain to someone. And so the Daleks have forgotten him. SO WHAT? And while we're at it, what's with the new nickname? Oncoming Storm wasn't enough? And if the Doctor never needed his wrist band thingy then why risk Amy at all? Why not just give her the damn thing as soon as they realized hers was gone? Why play with her emotions like that? And what if they HADN'T been able to just make nice and yell at each other and work through their problems? Bit no good, Doctor? And what about bisexualism as a PHASE?!? And and and

*deep breath*

I had a few issues with Asylum of the Daleks. As you can probably tell. If son wasn't such a Whovian I'd probably quit watching. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship wasn't as bad, but it wasn't good.
alba17
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Rant ho!
Eep, both you and kgal make some really good points.
karaokegal
Sep. 13th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Rant ho!
*HUGS* I'm glad to know it's not just me. I don't care about Daleks enough to ask all the intelligent questions you raise, so thanks for bringing those up as well.
donutsweeper
Sep. 13th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Rant ho!
To be fair, a few came from my 15 yr old son, which is kind of sad, considering he's pretty much the target audience of Doctor Who.
joanne_c
Sep. 13th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the dinosaur episode yet, but... going through a phase does happen and is a perfectly valid way of putting it. In and of itself it's not homophobic or even problematic and I actually don't even think it's Moff level offensive the way it was presented here.

Although at least there's only three Ponds episodes left and Karen's said she won't come back so that's something?
karaokegal
Sep. 13th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
I think the "LUG" (Lesbian Until Graduation) or "phase" trope can be problematic. I supposed it depends on who is wielding it and eye of the beholder stuff. I wasn't offended when I heard it, but in my post-ep chat with hllangel, the negative aspect was brought to my attention.

Buh bye Ponds...don't let the Tardis door hit you on your way out.
joanne_c
Sep. 14th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
It can, definitely, but a brief line in an otherwise well-presented character really doesn't feel problematic to me (I acknowledge it may to others who are not me). Also would people be up in arms if it was reversed and it was a male who was referred to as a phase? Yes, I know, not equal but...

I wouldn't mind returns from any companion, including the one we both want, but on the other hand it is nice to have a finite exit, no matter how one feels about the characters involved, I think.
kiwi_from_hell
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
Pretty much yes to all of this.

There was hearty lol-ing in my house when Amy said she loved Rory more. Come the fuck on. I didn't personally really like the 2000 years outside a box thing, but it does demonstrate a lot more dedication to a relationship than "I'm going to break up with you because I can't have a baby and I'm not even going to consider googling 'adoption' or having a freakin' conversation with you about it." C'mon, now, Amy.
kiwi_from_hell
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
The "phase" comment was also funny in my house, as there was a sudden turning of heads to me with a "oh, she's gonna be pissed" expression on their faces. Quite right too.

I've never known a single straight person IRL who described an occasional crush on someone of the same gender as a "phase". The only time I've ever heard it was as a teenager coming out a bi.
karaokegal
Sep. 13th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
I thought the line was cute when I heard it, but I think it's one of those things that looks less shiny when you really think about it. Also, let's face it, if RTD wrote that line, I'd give it a little more benefit of the doubt than I do from Moff.
karaokegal
Sep. 13th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Hi Sweetie! *HUGS* Thanks for commenting. I'm always happy to know I'm not the only person who has the particular feels about stuff that I do.
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